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birkett - Answered a Question by Wilson (07 Nov 08 10:52)

We did a cruise excursion I did not think much of it to be honest You had a trip on an air boat -maybe half an hour and there was an alligator demonstration We went from Miami but as it is North I would have thought Fort L was nearer.

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Wilson - replied to birkett (07 Nov 08 23:48)

Thank you.You have confirmed what we thought about the cruise excursion.

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Setter - Answered a Question by Wilson (07 Nov 08 12:59)

Your hotel will almost certainly have details of trips to the Everglades and be able to book for you. if you are sailing from Fort Lauderdale (as opposed to Miami) the cruise port is only a short taxi ride from the main hotel areas and there are likely to be cabs at the hotel. If not the hotel will call one for you.

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Wilson - replied to Setter (07 Nov 08 23:49)

Thank you for the useful information.

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Neil & Ida Down - Answered a Question by Wilson (07 Nov 08 16:42)

I am going to suggest that for two or three days you rent a car, great for getting around to the beach and to the Airboats for the everglades and whilst out that way there is the Sawgrass Mills Shopping Mall. A car is also great for going out for dinner as it gives you so many other option. There is a boat ride from the south of Fort L called "The Jungle Queen" the day-time cruise might be ok but I would definitely give the evening one a miss. The Las Olas district is worth a visit. If you are anywhere near the Renaissance Hotel, SE17th. Street, there is a very good restaurant there called Molly's Landing mostly serving fish and seafood fresh from Boston but it's always one of our stop-offs. Make sure that you arrange to drop the car off at Miami Airport then you can spend most of that day doing what you want and not hanging around the airport as you might with a transfer. If you have no option then I would suggest that if you are dropped off at the Airport early that you get a hotel shuttle to the Hilton or the Sofitel right by the airport and kill time round their pool or bar, and if you have still got some money left in Concourse F which is where most of the flights for the UK leave from there is an Executive Lounge to spend three hours in with free drinks and snacks and if you book it here that will cost you £20 each but it's so relaxing before the "Red-eye" flight home. .... Neil.

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Wilson - replied to Neil & Ida Down (08 Nov 08 00:00)

Thanks Neil and Ida You mention the Renaissance Hotel We havn't booked that yet but have been looking at that one.Do you recommend it?We are cruising from Fort Lauderdale to Los Angeles and don't really want to hire a car.We both hate driving.We want to spend one day visiting the Everglades and then find something interesting the other day.We don't do shopping either.Whats Las Olas?

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Neil & Ida Down - replied to Wilson (08 Nov 08 10:54)

Las Olas is a shopping and restaurant area beside the waterways and a very interesting and safe place to walk around. The Renaissance was very pleasant when we stayed there but there have been one or two remarks since then that have said it is not that good. I would suggest that you have a look at the comments on tripadvisor for that and other hotels in the area. One hotel I would not recommend is the Sheraton Yankee Clipper, we would never use it again. You really need to have transport in the US whether it is your own or someone else’s and taxis are not cheap. I can, however, understand why you are reticent about driving. As Cynthia says most of the hotels advertise and can arrange tours and that is an option. My advice is to look at the Fort Lauderdale tourist information site on the net and get a map from it, one thing the American are not good at are maps. There is another cruise site which will give you a whole heap of information and is worth looking at, it's the one Aldrich of Newbury, A of N, mentions frequently. Regards. .... Neil.

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Neil & Ida Down - replied to Wilson (08 Nov 08 14:48)

I've tried to answer this before and it didn't come up so I've revamped it to see if this is ok now:- Las Olas is a shopping and restaurant area beside the waterways and a very interesting and safe place to walk around. The Renaissance was very pleasant when we stayed there but there have been one or two remarks since then that have said it is not that good. I would suggest that you have a look at the comments on trip joined to the word advisor ( in other words all one word on the net) for that and other hotels in the area. One hotel I would not recommend is the Sheraton Yankee Clipper, we would never use it again. You really need to have transport in the US whether it is your own or someone else’s and taxis are not cheap. I can, however, understand why you are reticent about driving. There are also the water taxis which are worth using. As Cynthia says most of the hotels advertise and can arrange tours and that is an option. My advice is to look at the Fort Lauderdale tourist information site on the net and get a map from it, one thing the American are not good at are maps. There is another cruise site which will give you a whole heap of information and is worth looking at, it's the one Aldrich of Newbury, A of N, mentions frequently. Regards. .... Neil.

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Wilson - replied to Neil & Ida Down (09 Nov 08 14:40)

Thanks Neil.Have booked the Renaissance Regards Colleen.

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Aldrich - replied to Neil & Ida Down (09 Nov 08 19:35)

Not any more alas! 'They' seemed to have been able to 'block' any permutation I can think of!!!! But I will find a way!!! Try typing into a search engine 'north american homeports' and click on first link returned.....Las Olas is lovely - we had a super lunch in an old colonial style place, but you generally cant go wrong with eatin the USA. I also vote for Sawgrass.

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